artCircles App for iPad from Art.com and Hot Studio Named App of the Week

SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — artCircles, the first iPad app released by Art.com, the world’s largest online retailer of posters, prints, and framed art, was recently named the iTunes App Store’s “App of the Week.” Conceived, designed, built, and branded in collaboration with Hot Studio, an award-winning experience design company, artCircles represents a new and highly engaging way for people to discover and interact with images hand curated from Art.com’s massive collection.

Experience lies at the heart of the free artCircles app. Designed exclusively with the iPad in mind, artCircles leverages the iPad’s high-resolution display and touchscreen capabilities to provide a unique and innately engrossing art-viewing experience. Anchored by a clever user interface (literally comprised of interrelated circles), the app enables easy discovery, discussion, and sharing. Deep social integration lets users share their favorite works of art with friends, while a Curators circle features hand selected collections from creative leaders like John Maeda and Yves Behar.
Setting goals that included thinking big and bold, the team from Hot Studio leveraged its collective experience on past award-winning apps, like Zinio’s iPad magazine reader, to help create a highly interactive, visually stunning application. Hot Studio’s visual designers, user experience architects, and technical engineers worked in lockstep throughout the process to design and build an app that fundamentally changed how people could experience Art.com’s image collection. Hot collaborated with Art.com on the app’s concept and strategy, user experience and interface design, engineering and integration, as well as the naming and visual identity.

“Congratulations to everyone at Art.com,” says Rajan Dev, Hot Studio’s President. “artCircles leverages Art.com’s great catalogue of images in a new way and we’re so happy that the app has been so well received.

Be sure to check out the app yourself, and download it from iTunes.

About Art.com, Inc.
With more than 12 million customers in 120 countries worldwide, Art.com Inc. is the world’s largest online specialty retailer of high-quality wall art. The company was founded in 1998 with one goal — to help people find the art they love so they can love their spaces more. Art.com Inc. runs three sites in the USA — Art.com, AllPosters.com and ArtistRising.com — and has a strong international presence with 25 local sites in Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and South America. The company offers custom framing and specialty printing, interactive visualization tools to help people find the perfect piece of art for their space and an app for iPad called artCircles, that lets users explore art from a hand-picked selection of curated collections. Art.com, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Emeryville, CA, with other facilities in Ohio, North Carolina and the Netherlands. “Art.com” and “artCircles” are trademarks of Art.com, Inc. For more information, visit www.art.com.

About Hot Studio
Envisioning, designing, and deploying innovative experiences since 1997, Hot Studio is an award-winning experience design company with offices in San Francisco and New York City. Dedicated to creating elegant solutions for complex design challenges, we collaborate with business leaders, community organizations, and emerging companies to create breakthrough products and services that have global reach and local impact. For more information visit www.hotstudio.com.

Appmaker e.K. Releases “My Own Diary HD 2.3“ for the iPad

My Own Diary HD – now with individual outfits

(PRWEB) May 14, 2012

With new themes and better performance, Appmaker e.K. has made the iPad-App for Diary enthusiasts – and those who want to become one – even more attractive.

Since there is nothing more individual than your own diary, there are now special design themes to give “My Own Diary HD” the desired individual look. While the looks “Classic” and “Black & White” are included, the theme looks “Baby” and “Travel” are now ready for download for only $ 0.99 each.

Other features of the new version are the excellent retina graphics, which make pixels disappear to the naked eye, and two new typefaces, both of which support Cyrillic characters.

Additionally, the performance has been enhanced. “We have made My Own Diary HD more individual and have bettered the performance, because ever more users are using My Own Diary HD more intensively and internationally,” explains Bernhard Harrer, chief developer at Appmaker e.K., regarding the improvements. “The different themes are a lot of fun and assure that everyone has a theme fitting their individual needs.” Moreover, many requests and suggestions from users were incorporated.

“Whether My Own Diary HD is kept as a travel book, family album or project report – now everyone can style their diary the way they wish,” raves Christoph Masak, leading designer of Appmaker e.K.

“My Own Diary HD 2.3” is exclusive for the iPad and already available for $ 3.99 in the App Store (http://www.appmaker.de/myowndiary/2.3/buy/).
Further information, screenshots and a video presentation to “My Own Diary HD 2.3” can be found underhttp://www.appmaker.de/myowndiaryhd.

Appmaker e.K is specialized in creating intuitive software for mobile end devices. The young developer team started in 2010 and combines attractive design with versatile usage. “My Own Diary HD” was their first product, has a quick-growing fan base and continues to be improved regularly. If you want to know more about “My Own Diary HD” or Appmaker e.K., we look forward to hearing from you.

The Trouble With The Suppliers of Software For Digital Publishing of eBooks and Apps

The digital publishing of ebooks and apps is still very much in its infancy, as is the provision of software to make this easier. Yet there is a major problem already obvious, the costing models for production software.

 

iBooks Author is free software for the creation of interactive books for the iPad

Publishers are used to a buy and use model for the software we use. We are very used to buying the Adobe Creative Suite or Quark Xpress and then, once we have bought it, the only cost is when we want to upgrade to the latest model. Nobody pays a fee per print magazine published or per book published. And frankly I doubt if any publisher would do so. Software is like office furniture; you buy it once and then keep using it.

But too many of the producers of software for digital publishing, whether it is Adobe, Quark or one of the myriad smaller companies, have a different model in mind. They want to either charge you per book design or magazine issue, per issue or book sold or a combination of both. For them it makes great sense – they create an on-going revenue stream. But for a publisher this is a disaster. It means that the production costs of a title may no longer be fixed, it may continue to grow as long as it is available for purchase. This could make publishing a back catalogue of titles that may sell little but, if you have enough of them out there, might provide a reasonable revenue stream. Not so if there is a yearly cost of continuing to offer each title. Now of course they’ll probably justify this in terms of the provision of server space for things like in-app purchase, or such like. But we all know that server space is now ludicrously cheap, or even free. When two to seven gigabytes of online file sharing storage is available for nothing from many sources it becomes very hard to justify on-going fees. And in many situations there is no need to providing hosting since they are hosted by the Apple Store or Amazon.

Until the developers of these tools realise that there is going to be on-going resistance from publishers to anything other than an outright buy the software and use it as you will model there will be continued resistance to these tools. Sure iBooks Author only outputs to the Apple Store, but it is free. Let’s hope Amazon provide something similar for interactive books on the Kindle Fire. We can hope that some enlightened company will produce something that is cross platform and can just be bought outright, and used at will.

No sensible person minds paying for upgrades, any sensible businessman resists bringing in a silent partner who requires paying all the time.